Do Food Labels Even Matter? Here’s Why I Say YES.

February 28, 2014

This week, the FDA proposed some big changes to food labels (aka the Nutrition Facts label). Some of the changes include: Requiring information about the amount of added sugar, not just total sugar. Putting the calorie content in larger print. Revising servings sizes on some products to better reflect the amount people actually eat. Removing […]

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Donna Day: A Day & A Cause Dear To Me

February 25, 2014

A lot of you know my friend Sheila–she’s Mary Tyler Mom to many of you. And if you know her, you probably love her. I knew Sheila before we were bloggers. Before the word “blog”. I knew her back in the 1990s, when people actually talked to each other instead of tweeting and texting. When Sheila had […]

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All About Snacktivism: My Interview in StayBasic Magazine

February 23, 2014

A few years ago, I got fed up with the Kool-Aid and cupcakes my son was getting after soccer games and vowed to make a change. I began talking to coaches and parents about providing fruit for post-game snacks instead–or even nixing snacks altogether (read: “What If Soccer Snacks Just Went Away?“). One day, a […]

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{Recipe} Dark Chocolate Mixed Nut Butter

February 20, 2014

I’m a sucker for chocolate nut butters and can’t be trusted in the house alone with the store-bought kinds, which tend to be very sweet. So I make my own in smaller, less expensive batches that are still chocolately but not as sugary. All you need for this recipe is 2 cups of mixed nuts and […]

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In Praise of Food Activism, Big & Small

February 18, 2014

Have you noticed that regular people are doing some very big stuff? Vani Hari (aka Food Babe) gets the attention of major food companies by exposing some of the questionable ingredients in their products–and demanding they do better. In response to her widely-circulated blog posts, Chik-fil-A is removing artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings […]

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{Recipe} Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

February 13, 2014

Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with homemade pizza. I’ve been experimenting with crusts, adjusting baking times, and tinkering with oven temperature in a quest to nail the perfect pie. I’m still making Citizen Mom’s homemade pizza dough, as well as this new favorite from Dinner A Love Story. There are nights I carried away and […]

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What Are The Olympics Teaching Your Kids About Food?

February 11, 2014

“McDonald’s is, like, the official restaurant of everything.” That’s what my nine year old said to me as we were watching the Olympics the other night. That’s because every 10 minutes that McDonald’s commercial was on the screen. You know which one I’m talking about: the split-screen showing an Olympian biting their gold medal on […]

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{Friday Four} Straws, Pesto, Pizza & Baklava

February 7, 2014

Things I made, bought, tasted, or tried this week that made me happy: Stainless Steel Drinking Straws: I’ve always struggled to drink enough water every day. Using a straw helps me guzzle more, but that always feels so wasteful.  I spotted these stainless steel straws on Kids Konserve and ordered a set. Now there’s no more guilt […]

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{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

February 5, 2014

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling. That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part […]

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A Call for Candy-Free Valentines

February 4, 2014

Remember Valentine’s Day as a kid? If your school was anything like mine, you found an old shoebox, cut a slot in the top, and decorated it with paper doilies and puffy heart stickers. You stationed it on your desk at school and made the rounds in the classroom, giggling and dropping valentines in your […]

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